The picks -- Biden’s first to the federal bench since taking office Jan. 20 -- included Zahid Quraishi, who would be the first Muslim-American federal judge in U.S. history, and Ketanji Brown Jackson, one of three Black women selected to fill appeals court vacancies.
“This trailblazing slate of nominees draws from the very best and brightest minds of the American legal profession,” Biden said in an e-mailed statement. “Each is deeply qualified and prepared to deliver justice faithfully under our Constitution and impartially to the American people — and together they represent the broad diversity of background, experience, and perspective that makes our nation strong.”
Biden starts off behind his predecessors in terms of total current vacancies he has available to fill, according to a recent Brookings Institution report. Of the past six presidents, only
All the nominations are pending U.S. Senate confirmation.
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